UC Summer Abroad in Social Sciences

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UC Berkeley

Israel - Internship

Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Israel.

Peru, The Archaeology of the Incas

Discover the ancient Incan Civilization in its former capital Cusco, Peru through first hand anthropological research and visits to historical Andean sites. and visits to historical Andean sites.

Philippines, Narratives of Tradition and Resistance

Learn about Philippine history, culture, and society through interactions with Filipino people, as well as selected lectures by leading scholars in the Philippines.

Singapore - Internship

Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Singapore.

Spain, Imagining and Re-Envisioning the Urban Setting

Broaden your architecture experience by stepping into a town where culture, food, ritual, and environment significantly impact urban design.

Switzerland, Business Innovation for Sustainability

Examine the drivers of business innovation, while exploring issues of sustainability, labor, stakeholder responsibility and impact from a business perspective, and assessing those same issues from the NGO and governmental perspective.

Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Balkan Bridges: Contested Histories, Shared Communities

This four week travel/study course focuses on legacies of war, exemplary moments of peaceful coexistence, and historical challenges to peace in the former Yugoslavia over the 20th century. 

Netherlands, Belgium, The History of Coexistence and "Otherness" in Modern Europe (UC Berkeley)

Introduce yourself to the cultural and political identity of the Low Countries—the Netherlands and Belgium, two contrasting monarchies in the heart of Europe.

UC Davis

Austria, Crossroads of Central Europe

From the Renaissance to the United Nations, experience life and history in one of Europe’s grand imperial capitals.

Bhutan, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Learn how to use geographic information systems (GIS) in the peaceful, culturally rich, and biodiverse country of Bhutan in the Himalayan Mountains, where progress is measured in Gross National Happiness.

Cuba, Revolutionary Cuba

Experience the historic and ever-changing city of Havana and examine Cuba's revolutionary tradition on a multi-city trip across the island.

Ecuador, Environmental Justice in Indigenous Ecuador

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with multiple indigenous groups and see parts of Ecuador that are not available to traditional tourists.

Ireland, Psychology - Internship

Assist with a wide range of services to children and teenagers in disadvantaged areas; support the families of children with special needs and long term illness; gain hands-on skills by facilitating activities in Summer Youth Camps; or assist with a non-profit organization that provides support for individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

New Zealand, Psychology - Internship

Intern in New Zealand, a land of stunning natural beauty and a rich multicultural environment.

Spain, Housing and Urbanism in Barcelona

Discover the many lessons we can take home from Barcelona on housing development and neighborhood regeneration efforts.

USA, California, Immigrant and Refugee Health

Explore services for vulnerable communities in California’s Bay Area and Central Valley.

Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe

Learn why some European cities are way ahead of U.S. cities in sustainable development and design.

UK, Netherlands, Design in Europe

Journey through two European countries famous for their trend setting historical and contemporary art, architecture and design. 


France, Medieval Paris

Weaving lectures, walking tours, and short daily trips into one, this program in Paris presents a two-fold approach to the histories of the kingdom of France in the Middle Ages and the early modern period.

Greece, Ancient Greece

Explore ancient Greece through a combination of classical archaeological site visits, lectures, and the works of Homer, Plato, Sophocles, and Aristophanes. 

USA, Guam, #NativeJustice: Social Movements in Guam

From the ecological preservation of jungle and reef habitats to the ongoing quest for indigenous Chamorro self-determination, students will receive training in and everyday exposure to the social movements of Guam, the Mariana Islands, and the wider Asia-Pacific.

Austria, Germany, German Language and Culture Across Europe

Take courses in German art, culture, and history as you move from Vienna to Munich and on to Berlin.

UK, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Domestic and Foreign Politics in Europe

Examine the individual systems of government in Britain, the Netherlands and France and the role played by these countries in world politics.

USA, New York, Cities and Cultures

Explore cutting edge, urban, cultural and political issues, and the trendiest neighborhoods in the country's largest city.

UC Riverside

Brazil, The Black Diaspora in Brazil

By interacting directly with activists and their organizations in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, students gain insight on (1) social problems affecting Black and impoverished communities, and (2) the process by which emerge the responses generated within such communities to address the problems. 

Cuba, Cuban Culture and Society

This class will bring together perspectives on the politics, relations, and values that influence contemporary Cuba and Cuban culture.

Italy, Rome: The Eternal City

This course offers a four-week introduction to the major monuments and sites of ancient Rome where students will see Rome through the centuries.

South Africa, Anthropology of Africa

Examine global Africa by looking at ways in which Africa is shaping (and being shaped by) the world historically and currently.

UC San Diego

Australia, Social Cognition and Drugs

Learn about and experience the ground breaking work of Australian neurobiologists as you visit scientific laboratories and explore museums throughout Sydney.

Australia, The Environment and World History

Investigate how humans have interacted with the natural world and how this interaction has been influenced by such factors as class, race, and gender.

France, Sign Language and Studies in Paris

Participate in excursions which turn students’ classroom discussions into actual practice where knowledge of ASL will truly be an asset in live interactions with deaf people.

Germany, Race and the City in Berlin

Explore late 19th and 20th century history through extensive visits to Berlin's many museums and historical sites.

Hong Kong, Globalization and Social Movements

Hong Kong’s location at the crossroads of global capitalism and transpacific cultures is an ideal location for students to study the histories of globalization and social movements.

Spain, Spain in the Modern World

The location of Madrid, Spain will serve as an ideal site to introduce students to the process of building the modern nation-state, one of the key themes of both courses.

United Kingdom, Enlightenment, Revolution, and Romanticism

Often referred to as “the Athens of the North” because of its rich intellectual tradition in the arts, humanities, and sciences, Edinburgh is the second most visited city in the United Kingdom.